at the junction of Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River is beautiful
Kingston, Ontario, and the home of Macbarra Shetland Sheepdogs. While
we are a small kennel, raising mostly one, occasionally two litters a year,
under foot, in the house and yard, we strive for healthy, happy, guaranteed
puppies suitable for all endeavours, performance, companion or show.
Our breeding stock is DNA tested
for vWD, hips, (OVC) eyes and thyroid.
My late husband Esse was born in
Sweden, thus the strange spelling of 'Young'. To give credit
where it is due, he was head of CBC radio drama for years, achieved the
Order of Canada, an Honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of Victoria
and many many awards for his contribution to the Arts.
For those old enough to remember,
he was CBC radio drama producer Esse. W. Ljungh. If it were not for Esse's
support, encouragement and patience, I would never have enjoyed this hobby,
which I had always dreamed about.
He & I acquired our first two
pet shelties in 1972 while living in Victoria, B.C. and, having fallen
in love with the breed, continued to 'collect them' and train for obedience
and just hugging.
Having moved back to Ottawa (my
home town) and then moving to Kingston in 1984, & after extensive training
and attendance at many seminars, among them several credits at University
of Guelph in canine behaviour, I began to instruct in competitive obedience
for a local all breed club in 1986 while competing myself.
In 1990 whilst my husband was very ill, & with the help
of my best friend, long time breeder Patti Graham, & others, I took
the plunge and soon Macbarra's very first litter was born, just in time
to sneak 2 tiny puppies into the hospital room where the charge nurse eventually
found the entire nursing staff behind the closed door!! We were so
happy that Esse got the chance to see the new babies before
he went to the Rainbow Bridge to re-unite with the
shelties he named, Gin and Tonic!
As well as obedience degrees, &
conformation titles, some of the furkids have achieved their flyball
degrees with our Up and Running Flyball Team, and we remain active in just
about all facets of dogdom! We even had a string
of 6 sledding Shelties at one time but the original gang and the owner
are too creaky to do that anymore. Some of our
dogs loved by others are advancing rapidly in the Agility & Rally sports.
I take great pleasure
in Chairing the Obedience portion of our local club's 3 day Shows and Trials
Rideau Acres Campground
Canadian Kennel Club,
Kingston and District
Kennel Club, Director & Obedience Chair
Canadian Shetland Sheepdog Association,
Canadian Association of Professional Pet Dog Trainers, (Past)
Limestone City Obedience and
Kennel Club Instructor (Past)
LuvAK9 Training Center Instructor
Up and Running Flyball Team
Ready, Set, Go Flyball Club
Camp Dogwould Staff
Our Kennel Name: Eons ago my
ancestors originated on the Island of Barra off the West Coast of Scotland...and
of course they were MacNeills. Having fled Scotland at the time of
Robert The Bruce, they changed the name to McNeely and settled in Ireland.
(and Carleton Place!) Not to copy the famous Canadian folk group 'MacNeills
of Barra', and also because the CKC informed us that there already was
a kennel named 'Barra'...we just put the two together, and presto...up
Special thanks goes to my
mentor and companion Patti Graham, Greumach Reg'd (formerly Grabley Perm
Reg. Shelties from 1969) for her advice, grooming and handling over
the years. Patti is a Certified Groomer with the U.S.National
& Ontario Dog Grooming Associations, works out of St.
Lawrence Vet Services, & has years of experience in showing, competing
& instructing competitive obedience.
Please use email:
We have puppies occasionally &
would be happy to hear from you. We do prefer email (or snail mail)
correspondance (rather than phone as I am deaf as a stone ;-)) and the
email address is:
Thanks for checking us out
and hope you enjoy the site. Hope to see you near a ring somewhere
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